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Shorpy Saturday – The New Chevrolet: 1957

By Jeffrey Buck

Rollin’ off the line…

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The New Chevrolet: 1957“:

The New Chevrolet - 1957

October 1957. “Assembly line with 1958 Chevrolets.” 35mm Kodachrome by Phillip Harrington, one of 1,200 photos taken for the Look magazine assignment “GM’s 50 Years of Men, Money and Motors.”

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Shorpy Saturday – Futuramic: 1950

By Jeffrey Buck

Detroit, as we all know, is the Motor City. Check out some of it’s finest automobiles at a dealership in New York. Not much has changed inside the windows of a showroom, cars as art.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Futuramic: 1950“:

Futuramic - 1950

February 15, 1950. New York. “Crystal Motors, business at 5901 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn. Exterior II.” On display: the “Futuramic” 1950 Oldsmobile. Large-format acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho.

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Shorpy Saturday – The Automobile

By Jeffrey Buck

As Chrysler, Ford and General Motors continue to recover from the near meltdown of a few years back I’ve selected a few photographs that are automotive related. None of the photos were taken in Michigan but offer a glimpse into times when the automobile culture was much different; from design to fuel to presentation.

Take a look at the photographs entitled:

Downsized: 1977“:

New Chevrolet meets Old Cadillac circa 1977 in Medford, Mass., on the corner of Mystic Avenue and Harvard Street at a service station whose name escapes me. Not the best time for American cars!

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Full Service: 1940

May 1940. “Wiping off windshield at service station in Cairo, Illinois.” 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

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Lincoln at the Capital: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. “Ford Motor Co. — Lincoln at Capitol.” The Great Transportator. National Photo Company glass negative.

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Automakers take a hands-on approach at Cleveland Auto Show

Woodward Spine © 2012

The 2012 auto show season rolled on last weekend, as automakers sent their fleets of vehicles into northeast Ohio for the Cleveland Auto Show.

The show, which bills itself as one of the biggest and longest-running in the nation, is held at the International Exposition Center. It continues through this weekend.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors and preteens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free.

This year’s show opened up to a renewed sense of optimism, with car sales trending upward and increased levels of attendance at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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2nd Annual MAIN Event

Woodward Spine © 2012

By Jeffrey Buck

Several of the best and brightest designers were recognized January 8 during the 2nd Annual MAIN Event held high above the city of Detroit at Coach Insignia on the 71st floor of the Renaissance Center. Sponsored by Michigan’s Lawrence Technological University, the program celebrated the year’s accomplishments in design and innovation in a variety of industries.

Attendees of the evening represented more than just the auto industry. Guests were welcomed from other sectors including aerospace, medical and defense. This year’s event was also capped off with a fashion show, put on by local designer Fotoula Lambros, showcasing today’s innovative garment design techniques.

Keynote speaker Bob Lutz, an automotive icon in his own right and former Vice Chairman at General Motors, addressed the crowd about the importance of innovation and design in the auto sector. He authored a new York Times Best Seller last year entitled Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. It was difficult to hear him at times because of the awkward presentation area and sound system but he made it a point to explain the importance that designers have when it comes to new automobiles.

Lutz has concluded that in today’s auto industry quality and reliability are arguably the same at all of the car companies. It comes down to the styling and look of a car to really sell it to the customer. Continue reading

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Shorpy Saturday – Tubular Lanterns: 1905

By Jeffrey Buck

A unique building near the river that has since been lost. The Buhl Company would grow as the years progressed. Below is a little history on the Buhl Aircraft Company via Ralph Cooper:

“The Buhl Aircraft Company was founded in 1925 as part of the holdings of Detroit’s Buhl family. By the late 1920’s, the Buhl family had been on the Detroit manufacturing scene for nearly one hundred years, best known for the Buhl Stamping Company and the beautiful art-deco Buhl building in downtown Detroit.

“Sadly, in the latter half of this century, there has not been much attention paid to the Buhl Aircraft Company and to the fine craft which they produced. This despite the fact that Buhl manufactured the first aircraft to receive an Approved Type Certificate. A.T.C. #1 was awarded to Buhl for the fabulous Buhl-Verville “J4” “Airster” in March of 1927. Part of Detroit’s Buhl family holdings, Buhl aircraft went on to win a number of speed and endurance records and placed among the very top in events such as the Ford Reliability Tour, the National Air Races and other competitive gatherings.”

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Tubular Lanterns: 1905“:

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The “Soul” of the Riverfront

Steve's Soul Food - Detroit, MI

By Jeffrey Buck

Ever since the casinos failed to relocate to their Riverfront home, the area hasn’t been the same as most storefronts and restaurants were either left or forced out. It’s an enclave of old factories and warehouses that are now seeing new life with the help of a vibrant River Walk section and entrance to the highly regarded Dequindre Cut path. Tucked away in this area between the RenCen and Chene Park on Franklin Street sits a staple of the area since 1986. A cafeteria-style restaurant opened by a retired police officer called Steve’s Soul Food.

Steve’s is a place that won’t be seen by those who stick to the main thoroughfares. It sort of sits in an area that normally doesn’t see much foot traffic on weekends, though I hope that changes with the potential that the Elevator Building holds. With that in mind you need to drive yourself over there and experience it in person. It’s nothing fancy, it sort of reminded me of my childhood days of going through the lunch line, but don’t let that deceive you as the food blows away any Lunch A or B choice. Continue reading

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